Kaki: also known as a persimmon, it is one of the oldest cultivated plants: it has been grown in China for more than 2,000 years. 

Much of the world’s crop is still grown in China but also in Japan and in Korea, where it is usually eaten as a dessert or when there are guests. The persimmon is cut into sections and the skin and core removed.  

The fruit was introduced to Europe in the 19th Century, and was cultivated in the south of France, Spain and Italy, North Africa and Israel. Scientists developed the Sharon fruit, which is firm and crunchy, grown on the Plain of Sharon in Israel.

The name ‘persimmon’ is thought to be derived from pasimenan in the indigenous American language Algonquian to mean fruit dried artificially. It was a tree widely grown in the US south in the 17th century.

The iconic ginkgo leaves and the moon motif complete the Japanese composition.